The 2015 baseball season has officially come to an end on the Flats after the Jackets failed to make it off of the NCAA Tournament bubble for just the third time since Danny Hall took over as head coach in the early 1990's. I'd love to be able to criticize the decision to keep the Jackets out of the Tournament, but the team flat out failed when they needed to get key wins at the end of the season -- getting outscored 59-5 over the last four games of the season is not a great way to build your postseason resume. While it is obviously bad news that Georgia Tech sports are officially over until football season begins, there are still a number of reasons to be hopeful for next season's baseball team. The majority of the team will be returning, including nearly all of the pitching staff, and the future remains bright.
One of the biggest things you need to know about incoming transfer James White is that he chose to enroll at Georgia Tech in large part because he wanted to contend in the NCAA Tournament for his senior season. In that regard, it is interesting that he chose Georgia Tech simply because of how far the Jackets seem to be from actually making it to the big dance, but it is nice to see that there is some optimism within the program surrounding the upcoming season. I can't tell you that the team will make the Tournament in 2015, but I can certainly tell you that they won't if none of the players believe they have the ability to. Another note that Ken Sugiura makes in the above article is that White came out of high school at 6-foot-8, 170 pounds. In case you wondering, that means that he was in the 8th percentile of BMI and still playing DI basketball.
The New York Post recently sat down with former Yellow Jacket and current Yankee slugger Mark Teixeira about his legacy as a player and his plan for the future. Teixeira, who is one of the youngest players on the New York roster at a minuscule 35-years-old, claims that he is fully equipped to play at least five more seasons and hopefully join the 500-homer club of Major League Baseball. While he has hit just 376 homers so far in his big league career, I certainly wouldn't put another 124 out of the question -- the first baseman has already hit 13 of them so far in the Bronx.
With Memorial Day having come and gone yesterday, it seems only appropriate to remember the story of fallen Yellow Jacket Clint Castleberry, the only player to ever have his number retired at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Castleberry, a star running back on the football team, was the closest thing to a Heisman candidate that we've seen on the Flats -- he finished third in the voting. His legacy as both a football player and an American hero who met an unfortunate and tragic end while serving our country will not be forgotten.
Why hasn't Danny Hall seen as much success in recent seasons as he did for his first 20 or so seasons?
Have a great Tuesday!